Losing Your Religion?
Religion. Spirituality. God. The Universe. Source Energy. Life. Death.
What does it all mean? Nobody knows. Let me repeat that. NOBODY KNOWS.
Not a single person on this planet knows what any of those things really mean. Oh, we certainly have an abundance of theories, ideas, and beliefs, but ultimately, none of us really knows the meaning behind it all.
But we spend a lifetime trying to figure it out.
Isn’t that what our lives are all about: Questioning? Answering? Creating? Believing? And why is everyone so upset about our differences? Don’t we all look, speak, and act differently? Isn’t that the whole point of humanity? And shouldn’t we believe different things? It seems that would only makes sense.
Religious and spiritual beliefs have been a topic of conflict since the beginning of time. The differences over this one topic have caused more turmoil, pain, arguments, and wars in our world than any other. In its simplest form, what we are seeing in our world is the opposite of what it is truly about: Love. What we are experiencing so often is Fear—the opposite of Love.
However, if we stop and think about it from a scientific perspective, not understanding something [because it’s different from what we believe] causes a natural resistance. It is new information, and we are naturally wired to question something that is new.
Fear is a natural reaction in it’s most primal form—a response by the human brain to what it cannot understand. And while feelings of Fear are automatic and natural, the response to Fear is not. Responding to Fear with anger, violence, abuse, resentment, or hatred is a chosen response—a choice—and that is what sets apart the natural from the unnatural.
Reacting is natural; responding is thoughtful. We are human; therefore, we are response-able.
We always have choices. We choose how to respond to every situation, thought, and feeling in every moment. We can choose to respond to Fear negatively, or we can choose contemplation, compassion, and curiosity. Our choices create our reality. If you think your attitudes, actions, and words don’t matter, think again. It ALL matters. We ALL matter. Everything we think, feel, say, and do matters—whether we realize it or not.
What are you choosing today, and how is that causing a ripple effect in the world around you? Which words are you using? How are you supporting what you love instead of pushing against what you don’t? When we start remembering that we are all creating the world we currently live in by each word and deed, we might start taking ourselves—and our actions—more seriously.
Choose for yourself and allow others to do the same. And above all else, “Live and Let Live”, for that is what we came here to do.
Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
Michael Thomas Sunnarborg is an educator, best-selling author, and certified life coach. His passion is to help people reclaim their power of choice and find better balance in their work, relationships, and life. You can follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter, or find out more at michaelsunnarborg.com
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